Century pens in Chicago

Ed Hamilton, Century pens, Chicago

I have to add one more thing about the Chicago trip in the summer of 2017. I had heard beforehand of Century pens in Chicago, so of course had to visit. I have never really been to a store completely devoted to fountain pens before, so this was a real treat.

Ed Hamilton is such a nice guy to chat with, and a neverending source of knowledge about fountain pens and inks. I had a great time hanging out in his store for a while, and of course, the visit added a pen to my collection – yet another Pilot Falcon.

Pilot_Falcon

I´m almost embarrassed to confess that I own three of these (they are not too cheap – although less expensive anywhere else than in Stockholm). Two of them are customized for extra flex, while this one, from Chicago, is the original semi-flex pen. The customized ones are lovely to draw with, but very sensitive with their flexibility, one cup of coffee too much and my lines are squiggly for hours!

I love drawing with the Pilot Falcons, they suit me so well. The resin barrel is lightweight and rather small, which I love, and the Soft Fine nib gives a very fine line. (Though I wouldn´t mind trying a Medium out too…). They´re real workhorses, I have never had any trouble with ink flow in these pens, even though I´m not an avid pen cleaner.

If you are into fountain pens, and plan to visit Chicago, DO give Century pens a visit. It is such an inspiring place, and a good chance to get some serious fountain pen talk off your chest! :)

6 Responses to “Century pens in Chicago”

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I hope I can stop in the next time I am there. Sounds like this could be my new favorite place to shop.

  2. Tina M Koyama says:

    I knew about this place, but I ran out of time in Chicago to visit. . . so regret it! But I’ll look forward to it next time.

    - Tina

  3. Lori says:

    I visited Century Pens in 2016. Ed is quite nice, and threw in the Pen World Magazine I was going to buy. Of course a couple of pens and inks were part of the purchase.


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